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Deer University

Steve Demarais and Bronson Strickland recording a Deer University podcast.
Steve Demarais and Bronson Strickland recording a Deer University podcast

Deer University podcasts are all about deer biology and management. Drs. Bronson Strickland and Steve Demarais are both deer hunters, deer biologists, professors of wildlife management, and co-directors of the Mississippi State University Deer Lab. Steve and Bronson are so crazy about deer biology and management that they made it their career!

Our goal is to explain how you can use deer research to improve your hunting and management experiences. Don’t take for granted what your buddy says or what you read in a hunting magazine – we’ll train you to think like a deer biologist. As national leaders in deer research, we’ll keep you up to date on the latest and best information, and deliver episodes that cover every deer management topic you can imagine, and then add some that will surprise you.

If you are interested in deer hunting and management, this is your podcast! Every shot you take this fall is either a step forward or backward in your management program, so use our knowledge to make every shot count!

Hosts of Deer University:

Dr. Bronson Strickland, Professor of Wildlife Management, Mississippi State University Extension Service

Dr. Steve Demarais, Professor of Wildlife Management, Mississippi State University Forest and Wildlife Research Center

Listen

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 8:15am
In this episode, Bronson speaks with Dr. Eric Michel about his research at the MSU Deer Lab. Eric discusses the topic of epigenetics and how mothers pass information to their offspring that signal whether or genes should be fully expressed, or not. Eric makes comparisons of his research at the MSU Deer Lab to where he is now in South Dakota. Bronson, Steve and Marcus wrap up the episode with a summary of the research findings and applications to deer managers and hunters.
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 8:15am
In this episode, Bronson speaks with Dr. Eric Michel about his research at the MSU Deer Lab. Eric discusses the topic of epigenetics and how mothers pass information to their offspring that signal whether or genes should be fully expressed, or not. Eric makes comparisons of his research at the MSU Deer Lab to where he is now in South Dakota. Bronson, Steve and Marcus wrap up the episode with a summary of the research findings and applications to deer managers and hunters.
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 8:15am
Ever heard the old saying "you are what you eat"? A 10-year research project conducted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks and the MSU Deer Lab was designed to explore the regional differences in buck body and antler size found throughout the state of Mississippi. Were these differences caused by nutrition or genetics, possibly from when deer were re-stocked in the 1950s and 1960s. The results suggest body and antler size is not only a product of what bucks eat, but what their mother ate! Good, or poor, nutrition will impact deer for generations.
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 8:15am
In this episode we visit with Marcus Lashley, habitat management specialist in the MSU Deer Lab, and talk with him about a novel habitat management technique we call mineral stumping. Marcus and Bronson will discuss what mineral stumps are, how to create them, why deer love them so much, and how you can use mineral stumps to boost deer nutrition on your property and create more hunting opportunities.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:15am
Have you ever wondered WHY deer eat the plants they eat? Deer and cows are both ruminants (have a 4-chambered stomach), but deer have a completely different diet. In this episode, Bronson and Steve discuss the physiological adaptations of deer, and how those adaptations influence the selection of plants they eat.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 11:15am
We continue our discussions of predator impacts on deer herds with Dr. Marcus Lashley, a researcher in the MSU Deer Lab. Marcus will discuss a study he recently completed in North Carolina where coyotes were definitely limiting the deer population. He has some valuable information about habitat management to improve fawn survival. Also, he will tell the audience about how to avoid an “ecological trap.”
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 1:15am
Coyotes and other predators are routinely blamed for reduced deer sightings and deer population declines. But how do you know if predators are really a problem where you hunt? In this episode we review the most recent scientific studies to inform you about potential predator impacts, and what to do about it.
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 11:15am
In this episode we discuss a form of selective buck harvest that is rarely practiced for the right reason. We call this strategy “managing the standing crop of bucks.” For most people, this is the only form of culling, or selective harvest, that will have any positive impact on your deer population.
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 11:00am
“I killed that buck to get him out of the gene pool.” “That buck has bad genetics, and I don’t want him breeding.” We hear these statements all too often. On this episode we will explain the why and how of culling. When can you make progress, and when you can’t.
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 11:00am
In the first technical episode, we explain buck breeding success. There are so many misconceptions about which bucks do the breeding. For years, biologists and hunters alike thought the old, mature buck did all the breeding; then, DNA testing came along. We will bring you up to speed on the latest research and tell you how this information may affect your management program.